CHRISTUS ST. Michael Health System Celebrates Board Certified Nurses


In recognition of Certified Nurses Day, CHRISTUS St. MichaelHealth System is recognizing the unique contributions of 257 board-certified nurses across the region.

Certified Nurses Day, celebrated annually on March 19, promotes certification as a commitment to high standards of patient care and continuing excellence in the nursing profession.

“Certification is a voluntary next step and involves extensive study, 2,000 hours of working in a specialty area prior to testing and investment and successful completion of an exhaustive national test,” said Micah Johnson, vice president and chief nursing officer for CHRISTUS St.Michael Health System.

Reflecting the value of certification, the CHRISTUS St. Michael Surgical Services Department has received the CNOR Strong (Certified Perioperative Nurse) designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute for the last four years.

“The recognition demonstrates that more than half of our eligible nurses have achieved certification in their specialty,” said Liberty Bailey, administrative director of surgical services.

Nursing certification specialties include but aren’t limited to, critical care, neonatal intensive care, stroke, trauma, emergency nursing, medical-surgical, pediatric, cardiac/vascular, oncology, and hospice, quality, case management, obstetrics, diabetes, infection control, rehabilitation, and wound care.

Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Dr. Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, RN, EdD, a national pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.

About CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, serving as the area’s only heart care and comprehensive cancercare, is nestled within over 128 acres of oak, pine, and dogwood trees along Interstate 30 in Texarkana,Texas. Its central location in Northeast Texas allows CHRISTUS St. Michael to serve residents ofArkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System includes a 311-bed acute care hospital, the 50-bed CHRISTUS St.Michael Rehabilitation Hospital, the 43-bed CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta, the W. TempleWebber Cancer Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael OutpatientRehabilitation Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Day Rehabilitation; CHRISTUS St. Michael Wound CareCenter; CHRISTUS St. Michael Health & Fitness Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael OutpatientRehabilitation Center – Atlanta, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health & Fitness Center-Atlanta, and more.

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